Smoking has been in the news again this week, A study on the effects of smoking appears to have discovered that in simple terms "smoking rots your brain".
It is well documented that with age our brain cells becomne depleted. Contributory factors can include alcohol and substance abuse. Research is ongoing to understand just what happens to our brains over time and what can be the cause or causes. The latest study claims to have found a link between the demise our brain power and smoking.
The study by researchers at King's College in the UK showed that other "lifestyle" factors are damaging. Obesity and high blood pressure in people aged over 50 appeared to diminish brain power also.
High blood pressure is treatable these days either with medication or for some patients simple changes in the way they live. An improved diet, more exercise, less stress and other changes can lower high blood pressure considerably. Many people, including health professionals, extol the virtues of drinking green tea and cutting back on caffeine laden drinks.
Certain foods have long been attributed with good brain health and general health for that matter. Eat less fatty foods unless it is fish that is rich in healthy oil, such as mackeral. Fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts are also beneficial.
One researcher said,
Cognitive decline becomes more common with ageing and for an increasing number of people interferes with daily functioning and well-being. "We have identified a number of risk factors which could be associated with accelerated cognitive decline, all of which, could be modifiable." "We need to make people aware of the need to do some lifestyle changes because of the risk of cognitive decline."
Whilst it is true that many illnesses and conditions are down to our choices in life some are hereditary. That said you can always improve your chances of better health by opting to maintain an healthy weight, reduce your alcohol intake and quit smoking.
You can read the full study regarding the links between smoking and the brain at the journal Age and Ageing
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